KEARNEY, NE. – After falling in a hard-fought battle to the Tri-City Storm last night (3/25) by a score of 2-1, the Lancers were looking for revenge as the 2022 Clark Cup Playoffs is in reach with a victory.
Kevin Pasche played a stellar game between the pipe yesterday evening, stopping 34 of 36 shots faced. And against the top team in the United States Hockey League, another solid performance from Pasche would be needed.
The Lancers lead the first period in the shot count 14-11 but trailed on the scoreboard 1-0.
The Storm power-play was given their first opportunity of the night following a roughing penalty given to Ethan Elias. Just 32 seconds into the man advantage, Cole O’Hara picked up a pass from Gavin Brindley in the attacking zone, stick handled around a group on Lancers and beat Pasche over the blocker to take the 1-0 lead.
The second period started off nicely for the Lancers as Evan Werner knotted the game at one goal apiece just 2:59 into the period.
Werner picked up a loose puck at center ice, moved into the attacking zone and beat Storm goaltender, Arsenii Sergeev over the glove hand to tie the game, 1-1.
Just under 10 minutes later, Tanner Adams got a beautiful feed from Josh Eernisse and netted a one-timer chip shot over the leg pad of Pasche to regain the lead and make it a 2-1 game.
Just 17 seconds later, the Storm struck again.
This time it was Tri-City point leader, Jeremy Wilmer with the pass to Ilya Nikolaev who buried the one-timer to extend the lead to two goals. That give Nikolaev his third point of the weekend as he made it a 3-1 game.
Tri-City managed to net one more before the conclusion of the second period as Lleyton Roed got in on the action and picked up his 18th goal of the season. With the pass from Gavin Brindley, Tri-City had the dominating lead of 4-1 after 40 minutes of play.
The third period did not lead to any scoring, as Sergeev and Pasche stopped eight shots each as the Storm capped off a 4-1 victory, moving them up to being the first team in the USHL to crack 80 points on the season.
The Lancers playoff push continues as they’ll be looking to clinch their spot in the Clark Cup Playoffs next weekend as they travel to Fargo to take on the Force back-to-back nights. Friday’s game (4/1) kicks off at 7:05PM CST, and that game can be caught on HockeyTV and Mixlr.